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#3107433 French Update

Posted by wackojacko on 17 April 2015 - 01:54 PM

Looks like a fair few of the St. Esteve guys could be getting more SL game time. Stan Robin will take Escar√©'s place, Fouad Yaha (big young winger) could get a game and, all this according to l'Independant, Frayssinous has 'called on' Joan Guasch, Ugo Perez, Jordan Sigismeau and Gadwin Springer (bit vague that bit though).  Edit: Yaha and Springer have made the 19.



Tony Gigot could also be going back to Cats; he and his agent met with them on Wednesday.

#3102430 Leeds v New Zealand

Posted by wackojacko on 07 April 2015 - 10:52 PM

I feel an international would probably have brought a lot more value to the sport but good for Leeds.

#3097337 French "A' to be formed ; but who to be foes !

Posted by wackojacko on 30 March 2015 - 12:28 PM

As a man in the know I'm with this. The best players from our Community game will play France A


Should that really be a focus for the game, English amateurs vs French semi-pros? Playing the Serbs seems like it'll do much more for the development of the international game.

#3095791 Union vs League commentators

Posted by wackojacko on 27 March 2015 - 09:45 AM

And then there is Jiffy. A simple try in union is breathtaking. A breathtaking try in League is simple and poooooor defence.


A tad unfair, his commentary on the RWC semi in 2013 was incredibly positive (a little bit under-developed as all he could manage was "What a pass!!!" and "What a try!!!" but it was still full of praise).

#3093952 Rugby League reaches Guernsey

Posted by wackojacko on 23 March 2015 - 07:54 PM

Wasn't sure whether to put this on the International forum or not...




Rugby league will take another small step forward this week, when the first competitive game of the sport is played in the Channel Islands.

Two teams of 12-13-year-olds are set to play each on Wednesday on the island of Guernsey, when La Mare will play Les Beaucamps.

Leading the initiative to bring the Greatest Game to the Channel Islands is former Swinton, Rochdale HornetsHuddersfield Giants, Halifax and Oldham player Paul Smith.

Smith played for the Giants in Super League between 2004 and 2006, making 69 Super Leagueappearances and scoring 13 tries.

Now, he is head of Maths at a local school on Guernsey, and is desperate to spread the gospel of the 13-a-side code in a prosperous and sports-mad place.

"I'm a schoolteacher, so I've got it started at my school, and I've got it going at another school," Smith told Love Rugby League.

"So it's two schools that will be playing. They've only just started with league, they're all rugby union players.

"They do enjoy their rugby union down here. Just after Christmas I started doing a bit of rugby league in training and things like that, to get started."

Smith made a conscious decision to play a junior game, before looking at establishing a foothold for rugby league in the open-age ranks.

Sparking some local rivalry with the nearby island of Jersey could perhaps be another step on the journey.

"The idea of this is that it's the easiest way of getting it going, with my contacts in the schools," Smith explained.

"I'm trying to create a bit of interest in it through the media, and, after the rugby union season has finished, I'm hoping to either set up a junior match against someone else, or a seniors game against a developing nation or similar.

"It's just baby steps at the moment. I'm based in Guernsey, which is quite a small island, about 60,000 live here.

"It'd be good if I could get a contact in Jersey, with someone doing something similar, as that's a bit of a bigger island, and then we can take it forward."

The strategy moving forward could well see a Guernsey select look to play a fixture against another developing nation, such as Belgium or Malta.

"That's ideally what I would want, to get a fixture like that," Smith added.

"To get some of the rugby union lads interested in playing a one-off game.

"Let's say if someone like Belgium or Malta visited, that would be massive for Guernsey, it would be like front page news.

"Even though it's a small island, it's a very wealthy island."

That wealth, coupled with a passionate interest in sport, could make Guernsey an important, if geographically small, outpost on rugby league's ever widening frontier.

The rugby union team on Jersey currently play in that code's Championship in England, the second tier.

Channel Islands rugby union also recently secured a sponsorship deal from banking group Investec, showing that cash is present in the region which could also help rugby league.

"It's a sports-mad island," Smith exaplained.

"The local football team play at three levels below the professionals, and they get two to three thousand people watching.

"The local rugby union team on Guernsey are in something like Division Two South, and they get quite good crowds, so it's quite a good sporting island, really.

"They like to get involved with anything that's going on.

"Specsavers, who sponsored the World Cup, are based in Guernsey.

"It would generate quite a bit of interest if we could get something like that going.

"There's lots of other companies based here for tax reasons.

"The finance sector is massive down here."

As for whether the Channel Islands have any potential Super League stars of the future among the ranks of their athletes, Smith is sure that there are some gems to be found.

"There are some really good athletes down here," he said.

"The rugby union teams play in the Hampsire set-up, and you see some people who are naturally good at running and tackling, and you think, 'Wow, they'd be ideal for rugby league.'

"But obviously they would need the experience of playing against similar people."

#3090349 Get yourself a bargain!

Posted by wackojacko on 17 March 2015 - 01:46 PM

It had actually been intended to be marketed for £5.90 but the seller just fell asleep on the 0 button.


Was he watching the 6 Nations?

#3088698 'Southern' RL fans - why do you follow the sport?

Posted by wackojacko on 14 March 2015 - 02:02 PM


New Forest/Pau

Dad's from Wigan :P

Used to be a big fan when I was very young but didn't have much of a way to get involved while my Dad was not a fanatical supporter. RWC rekindled my love for the sport and I've been following it keenly ever since. Cyclist rather than a rugby player these days but it's just so good to watch. Passionate supporter of expansion of the game.

#3086906 RLIF CEO

Posted by wackojacko on 11 March 2015 - 10:02 AM

The RLIF have a press conference at 08.00 tomorrow to announce their CEO and you can watch it and participate online (for press, ostensibly, but I don't see why anyone couldn't join in)




Good news that they finally got round to getting one then...

#3086025 Aviva prem to scrap P+R?..

Posted by wackojacko on 09 March 2015 - 06:15 PM

:rofl:     :tongue:


An RL forum does seem a very odd place for you to be.

#3084886 7 Mar: Catalans Dragons v Salford Red Devils KO 4.30pm (CET) (TV)

Posted by wackojacko on 07 March 2015 - 09:41 PM

God there was some awful defence on show there, both teams need serious work on that.

#3078933 Rugby League at the Olympic Stadium London

Posted by wackojacko on 26 February 2015 - 10:57 AM

 i see now reason why we can't sell out the stadium, or at least better the crowd from last years Wembley semi-final, 


That'd mean selling out the stadium and another 13,000 tickets wouldn't it? 

#3078016 bbcrugby

Posted by wackojacko on 24 February 2015 - 05:05 PM

As regards the claim in here that Union was morally superior to league by remaining amateur...it's news to me. Most of the population see it differently with Union being a game for the white oppressors, hence the incredible gesture made by Mandela during the 1995 RUWC by wearing a Springboks jersey. Black South Africans still generally shun the South Africa Rugby Union team and only follow the football team. In Robben Island prison the wardens were the white Rugby folk, while Mandela and his fellow inmates played football.

Then theres Vichy France, similarly the oppressive establishment were Union folk. In the 8 nations that properly play Union it's exclusively a public school game in six of them (only Wales and the South west of France excluded).


People don't think that it is morally superior but that they presented themselves as such, their pure white morals uncorrupted by money [because they didn't need it].

#3060826 Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

Posted by wackojacko on 25 January 2015 - 07:34 PM

Echoing what audois said, it was a really good event, despite the freezing temperatures, wind, rain and what was always going to be a lopsided match between a pro side with some of the world's best players and a select team of semi-pros. Hope this continues and the team gets more games and trains together more. 


Hard to tell much about either team from the match due to the difference in quality but Carney showed his class at times, Casty was taking some big hit-ups [proud to be playing back in the Aude I guess] and it didn't look to me like Dureau got any game time despite being named to start [correct me if I'm wrong though].


https://www.youtube....be&noredirect=1  Highlights here.


Carcassonne would also be a good weekend break for any SL fans...

#3059584 Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

Posted by wackojacko on 23 January 2015 - 11:10 AM

Coming across for this with a few friends, do you know if we will definitely be able to get tickets at the gate?

#3059139 This piece doesn't reflect well on the RLIF and its new boss

Posted by wackojacko on 22 January 2015 - 02:42 PM

When it comes down to it there's a chance he could do more for the international game working at the NRL than the RLIF - does it actually have any real power?